Friday, August 13, 2010
Over the last two years, I have been a very harsh critic of Rt Hon Prime Minister Raila Odinga AKA "Fabregas, Tinga, Captain, Agwambo, Arap Mibei, Jamba etc". But I'm now seriously considering endorsing him for the highest office in Kenya come 2012. I'm beginning to like lots of actions he's taking and words he's talking because he's striking all the right tones. I know he can do better and that's why I'm holding my endorsement for a few more weeks. But compared to other presidential contenders/pretenders/wannabees, Raila seems to be way ahead of the pack. This is because the said pretenders are bogged down in legal cases that involve fraud, election violence and land grabbing. Others like Ruto are busy living a big fat lie while they build castles in the air as far as patriotism is concerned. True, Raila is not a saint and no one is perfect. But most of us can relate to his vision, hope and aspirations for mother Kenya. I think Raila would make a great President assisted by Martha Karua or what do you think? Of course a week in politics is like eternity and lots of stuff can happen in between. We still have about 2 years to go to the ballot and the vote will separate the wheat from the chuff. Yet so far although I hate his party, I like the leader!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Above: KACC boss Dr. PLO Lumumba in one of his many press conferences
The new boss of KACC- Kenya Anti Corruption Commission is a very intelligent and eloquent man. That, there's no doubt. But I'm sick and tired of seeing him just talking and talking to a point of becoming what is known as a talking head. Doesn't he ever get tired of exercising his jaws and throat? I mean, honestly, this university don never shuts up yet he has a mountain of corruption related files lying on his desk at Integrity Centre which is located off Valley Road in Nairobi. Justice Aaron Ringera must have left quite a fine mess there before he was kicked out in disgrace.
This begs the question, when does PLO ever get busy working yet he's hopping from one TV and radio station to the next from one newspaper to the next or being interviewed from his posh office by anyone who labels himself a journalist. Kenyans don't care about the Shakespeare English or the flawless Zanzibari Swahili that PLO keeps mouthing. What Kenyans care about is the arrest of rampant corruption in Government and private sector, their conviction and incarceration at Kamiti prison.
Since independence, no big fish has been convicted of any corruption related case in Kenya. That's why impunity thrives since the sacred cows know they are just untouchable. PLO will eventually be judged, not on how many vocabularies he utters in his daily briefings, but the success of stemming the huge tide of shady and corrupt activities in Kenya. In simple and plain English: Talk less Bwana PLO and work more. Is that too much to ask?